Pringle, JK and Ruffell, A and Jervis, JR and Donnelly, L and McKinley, J and Hansen, J and Morgan, R and Pirrie, D and Harrison, M (2012) The use of geoscience methods for terrestrial forensic searches. Earth-Science Reviews, 114. 108 - 123 (17). ISSN 0012-8252

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Abstract

Geoscience methods are increasingly being utilised in criminal, environmental and humanitarian forensic investigations, and the use of such methods is supported by a growing body of experimental and theoretical research. Geoscience search techniques can complement traditional methodologies in the search for buried objects, including clandestine graves,weapons, explosives, drugs, illegal weapons, hazardouswaste and vehicles. This paper details recent advances in search and detection methods, with case studies and reviews. Relevant examples are given, together with a generalised workflow for search and suggested detection technique(s) table. Forensic geoscience techniques are continuing to rapidly evolve to assist search investigators to detect hitherto difficult to locate forensic targets.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: geoscience; forensic; burials; remote sensing; geochemistry; geophysics
Subjects: Q Science > QE Geology
Divisions: Faculty of Natural Sciences > School of Physical and Geographical Sciences
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2015 09:01
Last Modified: 17 Feb 2016 15:32
URI: http://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/788

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